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4.7: What is Done During Editing, Proofreading, and Formatting?

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    • To edit, search for grammatical errors, check punctuation, check spelling, and look over sentence style and word choices one last time. See chapters eight, nine, and ten for additional help.
    • To proofread, look for surface errors, such as typos, incorrect spacing, or formatting problems.
    • To format, be sure that you are following the formatting style your instructor requires whether it is Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), etc. For more information, see the Brown Library Citation Styles Guide (
    • Overall, look carefully for any error, large or small, that may weaken the essay’s message or undermine its credibility.
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